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The SITA Council plays a significant part in the overall governance of SITA

As a member-representative body, the SITA Council has the role of representing and safeguarding the interests of SITA's membership with the right of final approval over specific, important matters relating to the high-level direction of SITA. 

The SITA Council is also consulted on any other matter having a material impact on services provided to the SITA members. 

Finally, and very importantly, the SITA Council is tasked with gathering community opinions and reporting back to the community on their actions. 

SITA Council composition

The SITA Council is composed of up to 34 representatives, 20 from SITA's top 20 customers, up to 10 airline geographical group representatives and up to four industry-specific group representatives. 

The SITA Council is chaired by the Council President, who is a representative of a SITA member organization.  

The SITA Council has two standing committees:

  1. The Nomination Committee recommends SITA Board Directors and SITA Council President and Deputy President for appointment by the Annual General Assembly.
  2. The Membership Committee addresses membership policy and rules, as well as member admissions and expulsions.

SITA Council President

Ashish Jain

Senior Vice President - Group Safety & Security, Qatar Airways

Ashish JainAshish brings a wealth of international aviation experience to SITA. With over 25 years in the industry, he is a member of many leadership committees across the Qatar Airways Group. Ashish has introduced and overseen several governance frameworks such as the Safety, Security and Quality Management System, Enterprise Risk Management and the Business Resilience and Crisis Management Framework for the airline.

His recent successes include the development and implementation of Qatar Airways’ Network Operations Strategy, as well as overseeing the implementation of the new regulatory framework adopted by Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA).

Across his career, Ashish has exemplified an ability to lead and drive short- and long-term strategic initiatives through performing a large number of leadership roles. From managing World Sales to becoming the Senior Vice President of Group Safety and Security, Ashish’s career journey spans across multiple segments of aviation industry functions.

Ashish is a graduate of St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta, and holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, UK. 

Current composition of the SITA Council

  • Ashish Jain, Qatar Airways - President
  • Kerry Peirse, Cathay Pacific Airways - Deputy President
  • Bin Bai, representing the North Asia Group (Hainan Airlines)
  • Mohammed Bamaga, Saudi Arabian Airlines
  • Adib Charif, representing the Middle East & India Group (Middle East Airlines - Air Liban)
  • Chris Clair, American Airlines
  • Kelly Cunningham, United Airlines
  • Abe Dev, Etihad Airways
  • Paul Elich, KLM
  • Sherine Fahmy, representing the Middle East & North Africa Group (Egyptair)
  • Edwin Garcia, representing the South America & Caribbean Group (LATAM Airlines Brasil)
  • Dirk John, LATAM Airlines Group
  • Suhail Kamil Kadri, representing the Airport Group (Hamad Intl Airport) 
  • Jean-Christophe Lalanne, Air France-KLM (Air France)
  • Mohd Azharuddin Mat Sah, Malaysia Airlines
  • Wayne Moss, Delta Air Lines
  • Ilia Perevalov, Aeroflot
  • Mukesh Sareen, Air India 
  • Sourav Sinha, IndiGo
  • Laeke Tadesse, representing the Sub-Saharan Africa Group (Ethiopian Airlines)
  • Richard Thomas , representing the Northern Europe Group (easyJet) 
  • Angie Tinsay, representing the South Asia and Pacific Group (Philippine Airlines)
  • Brant Venice, United Parcel Service
  • George Wang, Singapore Airlines
  • Bardo Werum, Lufthansa
  • North & Central America Group - not represented
  • CIS & Russia Group - not represented
  • Southern Europe Group - not represented
  • Cargolux Airlines International - not represented
  • Qantas Airways - not represented
  • South African Airways - not represented

SITA Council committee


Addresses membership policy and rules, as well as member admissions and expulsions

Current composition

  • Adib Charif, representing the Middle East & India Group (Middle East Airlines - Air Liban)
  • Abe Dev, Etihad Airways
  • Sherine Fahmy, representing the Middle East & North Africa Group (Egyptair)
  • Ashish Jain, Qatar Airways

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